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a couple weeks or months before the announcement he wouldn't just be announcing bin laden's's death, he would be announcing the death of al qaeda and a victory in the war on terrorist and he threw them away for a few minutes for television cameras. it's incredible. >> host: it's very clear that he gave that television cameras that were written and he was ready to go publicly and as you say that surprised so many of the senior advisers. >> guest: he wrote it along with been rhodes and was very influential. >> host: let's move on to the second case study were the others in the book that i thought was fascinating living in the middle east or hardly ever from the service of the politics and once again this morning that the assassination of the libyan ambassador and the story is once again. but you talk in particular about president obama's relationship with prime minister netanyahu of europe. tell us first about some of the influence on president obama in terms of his thinking of the situation and thinking of the listed of israel. >> guest: when you look to this relationship which is really
've been s talking to. "impeachment of ab abraham lincoln" thanks for joining us on booktv. >> it's my pleasure. thank you very much. .. i think there are a lot of anti-obama folks out there and a lot of books defending the president. i wanted to write a book that described the answer of what i thought was the most important question in and the most interesting question. look at barack obama for a moment as a character. he is a complete fish out of water in a way. he is a guy who has very little executive experience. isn't higher life is that the law professors like turn at the committee table in the illinois statehouse or the u.s. senate or in various meetings but he is never the guy in front of the room deciding, making the hard calls. he has very little if any management experience and then suddenly he is in the most important managerial job in the world. he is president of the united states leader of the free world and so my question was how does he decide? how does he make decisions? how does he govern? not with the content of the positions are but what is his leadership style? wh
logjam. the blackhawks were shot down and u.s. withdrew troops. almost every western government withdrew their troops. so the best armed troops left somalia. in the end the operation collapsed. this was end of '93. beginning of that before we had to run. governments go through these and become risk averse. nobody was willing teth send additional troops and. >> host: you right in the book that everyone that they had been watching it somalia. >> guest: that's correct. it back a lot of the fighters in rwanda tolar peacekeeping information those that we watch cnn . they killed ten dozen soldiers in the belgian. ahead they give instructions to the soldiers to protect only themselves. the commander was left with several water bed to do his work with a whole nation of flame and the systematic genocide to a gun . some governments claim they did not know what was happening. i ask what they do when they found that it was happening? they said ten planes to evacuate their nationals and allowed the war to continue. in the end we blame the u.n. we only to find a better way. of course somalia,
administration's attempts to restore the u.s. economy over the last 3.5 years. look for these titles in bookstores this coming week and watch for the authors in the near future on booktv and on booktv.org. .. your thoughts it was not a legitimate war. you say if 9/11 change the world, the iraq war is similar magnitude. why do you say that? >> guest: i say that because the iraq war really led to major divisions within the international community, and i'm not just talking about the u.n. i'm talking about the impact on communities and groups in the middle east and beyond the, and the sense the world has been broken into groups, and some are being targeted or profiled, who felt very strongly about it, and this is about a war on which the international community was divided. -- it was not approved, and personally believed we should have given the weapons inspectors more time to do their work in iran and come back with a report to the security council, for the council that warned saddam, if you do not perform there will be serious consequences, to determine, firstly, whether he has perform
rushed to iraq to fight and i think we are likely to see the same in syria if we don't -- 's. >> host: so there is still a global impact from iraq. you start the book with a very revealing story about colin powell who came to you after the invasion and it looked like americans might be about to find weapons of mass destruction and mr. powell said to you with a big smile on his face you write, they have made an honest man of me. what did he mean? >> guest: i can understand that and i think basically he made the case for weapons of mass destruction in iraq and for a while we couldn't find any, and so if they had as they thought they had it was the indication that finally we found something and it was more of a relief. >> host: do you think he was -- to make a case he did not believe in? >> guest: i'm not sure i can say that but obviously he had stature. he had a very high reputation and was extremely well-liked by the international community and all of the foreign ministers said some time ago he had incredible credibility. >> do you feel the presentation to the united nations which was so q
to the 1980s. i found three handwritten letters written by barack obama to a palestinian those, where he is trying to cruciate him so. i touch on this roughly in the book. reverend wright, goes after someone who is influential and takes on his views of israel as well. most importantly, you have brought by walt and come up with neighbor in height park, in an area of chicago had a synagogue there. he's really on the far left of american politics. this is a person who in 1979 had an article saying jewish should stop talking about the holocaust. think about this come the late 1870s, which many holocaust survivors were still alive. there is still a show in their tattooed forearms, death camps to the press. this is when there's incredible consciousness raised. this is where america is finally coming to grips that genocide can happen and it's an important teaching moment in the jewish community and the larger american experience. at the moment he says he should stop talking about the holocaust. just as bad as what your doing to the palestinians. it's also the first leader to call for the palest
and ida tarbell and upton sinclair i guess are the most famous many come forward to the 60's and now you see more of that kind of critical you know intellectual emergence in the american press. there's a market for stories that dig in and to give people like halberstam. >> guest: all the great investigative reporting teams he put together both for regional, national and international pieces. he was a real trendsetter that time toward looking at the big issues, not just the small ones and set the pace for really an awful lot of -- at the time. >> guest: it was not a widespread occupation. let's put it that way. "the new york times" basically did very little. you had a -- massacre. that would have been a logical place for it. a little news service and little papers around the country. >> host: . [inaudible] >> guest: no, that was -- seymour hersh but he was at the times wasn't he? >> guest: no. later he was. >> guest: the times was very late in coming to investigative reporting. >> host: why is it that we have so little investigative reporting today? is it because of the economic problems
outpouring of support for the u.s. we are come to life rallies all around the world -- >> host: in the newspaper. we are all americans. >> guest: and i recall they are long after that news week did a piece where y do they hate us? and i said to michael, who is the editor. that's a wrong question. the right question would be, we have so many friends, how did we lose them? what happened? and there was a fear that angry superpower u.s. was lashing out, and anyone in the way may get in trouble and people were scared scared of america, scared of to speak of, and to say what they believe in. and i could see the trouble around the world talking to them which was unfortunate because the u.s. had done so much to create the u.n. so much for human rights and democracy and to suddenly find yourself in that situation was -- >> host: when wily a book we choose when ante-dote to put in if. and which words to repeat in it. the fact you choose to point out that criticism or be it for the global community and use the words enraged and vengeful, is that what you felt america was acting like? was
a fallow period, the 20th century, people like lincoln and stevens, and then you come forward to the 60s, and now you see more of the kind of critical, you know, intellectual consciousness emerge on the american press. there's a market for stories that dig in, and you get people like halvorstin. >> bob greene of news day and all of the great investigative reporterring teams he put together for regional, national, and international pieces. he was a trend setter looking at the big issues facing us, not just the small ones, and so greene set the pace for really an awful lot of our business at the time. >> guest: it was not a wide spread occupation, let's put it that way. the "new york times" basically did very little. you know, you had a massacre -- >> host: i was thinking that when you said that. >> guest: that would have been a logical place for it, but didn't go there. went to a little news service and little papers around the country. >> host: didn't he do that in >> guest: no, that was seymour. >> host: at the times, wasn't he? >> no. >> guest: no, later he was. >> guest: later he was.
to them, which was unfortunate because the u.s. had done so much to create the u.n., so much for democracy. to suddenly find itself in a situation was a precarious one. >> host: obviously when we write a book we choose which anecdote and words to repeat in it. the fact that you chose to point out that criticism, albeit from the global community and use the words enraged and vengeful, is that what you felt america was acting like? is that what you felt was driving america? >> guest: let me put it this way. but they were so determined to take action that i am not sure they were ready to listen. and they were ready to listen to other views. when it comes to friends as well as foes. in that situation come of you do make mistakes. you will also provoke others. >> host: just in the last few days, the archbishop tutu has called for george bush and tony like to answer the international criminal court for lying about weapons of mass distraction. would you go as far as to support the archbishop's call? >> guest: i think that men in leadership make many decisions. they get some right. they get some w
so i went for some difficult at the weather reports reviewed by the navy seals, prepared by the u.s. combat meteorological center. it was funny to you is because at the beginning they said they're classified. as of attacking about whether from a year ago. eventually i got the reports have learned there was no cause for the weather delay at all. there is a native node untrue woes loom, it wasn't a spray to disguise the helicopters, whether wind, so one was fine, but the delay was entirely political. even at the last minute, president obama was huddling with the staff and can turn that he was going to backfire. this is something that valerie garrett, the tram valerie garrett had been pounded for what a while. she was concerned it would be something like this are one. back in the carter years it was a failed effort to rescue the 52 hostages in iran and to american aircraft collided a number of american servicemen died. it is really a pivot point in the presidency. at that point, people said it's not just the economy. he really can't lead. and she was afraid to valerie garrett, that if
that there was a genocide on columbus his second 's second voyage in the spanish government instituted a gold dust -- all native people in the dominican republic had to bring us a certain amount of gold four times a year. what the spanish didn't recognize was that mostly the gold they had seen their cayman from trains from mainland mexico and what the gold was at espanola was way under the ground and not readily accessible. 30,000 people had their hands chopped off and within 30 years 2 million inhabitants of as daniel had been killed or died and so it was the beginning of the genocidal policy. we know this but for some reason we are still teaching 1492 christopher columbus sailed the ocean blue and discovered a new world and discovered a place densely inhabited by other human beings and opened the door to this new world and set an example for us all and even george bush the elder statement on the 500th anniversary of columbus used exactly those words, monumental perseverance, faith establish the jubilee commission celebrate the accomplishments of this great navigator and leader and the native people eve
and ida tarbell and upton sinclair is the most famous. and then you come forward to the 60s and now you see more of that kind of critical, intellectual consciousness emerge as the market for stories that take in and you get people like oliver sin. what you meant you cannot. >> guest: neil cherbourg, bob greeted newsday and all the great investigative reporting team to put together, both for regional, national and even international cases, was a real trendsetter at the time, looking at the big issues, not just the small ones. so they set the pace for a lot of businesses at the time. just go to not a widespread occupation, let's put it that way. "the new york times" actually did very little. you had a meal and massacre. that would've been a logical place for it. with a little news service in little papers around the country. >> host: [inaudible] >> guest: now, that was seymour hersh. >> host: he was -- >> guest: no, literacy was. most people tend not to think about it. >> host: why is it we had so much literary reporting today? is it because of the economic problems that are besetting don
, and going to school there where maybe 30's of the population was native. and there were so many mean-spirited comments and misunderstandings from peers and seems like the two world, native and nonnative so rarely interacted. they would send kids on field trips to minneapolis, like driving around the reservation to get there. and so i guess i thought, like many kid growing up, i'll go somewhere that has a zip code with a population density bigger than the one i came from, and i'll escape that's borderland, and of course when i went to college, and the first -- i went to princeton university. i thought thigh would be educated, and they asked me, where is your tomahawk, and i thought, oh, wow. so i realize it, fair or not, would be the barometer by which a lot of people would understand or judge native people and issues, and so i realized the importance of my own work in that representation. >> host: great. one of the things i liked about your book also was balance. that's important. our tribal communities are based upon balance in the book you balance the topics dealing with sensitive
phone banks. setting up a phone bank is an arduous process in the 50s and 60's because calling was expensive so you have to go into the area and set up a room with a phone but as soon as you did somebody would start calling voters off the voter rolls from the phonebook and say who you plan to vote for? one of the things in the united states that is different in other countries -- then you start to come up with a list of how individuals plan to vote and often a little bit of information. the same thing would happen when you send canvassers out. tried to identify voters d they are able to start sorting people out. who do i need to keep targeting with malar persuasion phonecalls. so this is the way campaigns have always worked. what changed in the end of the last century we are starting to get data about people. it was well beyond what they knew about their area and their voter registration told you about themselves. it was not traditionally political information but a lot of it was collected by commercial marketers and especially the credit rating agency which really had an inter
, of course, is fee nominal poet, we didn't know about her or discover her until the mid 1950s. when we finally were able to see her poems. or read her poems and love her poems unedited and in the way she written them. >> who is doing the edits. the professional editors. they like to make you conform. for emily that was an all awful con electrics. >> books that shaped america is the name of the exhibit. the library of congress is located at first of independents avenues in washington, d.c. right across the nation's capitol. .. as you answered in there. because in the beginning of my career when i started doing more things outside of just indian country and the audiences, i always tried to create a space for people to be able to ask any question they wanted to ask and make them feel comfortable. and you would get all sorts of questions. you know that the have been dying to ask those questions, so in your book to cover a lot of those questions, and i was glad to see that. in the beginning of the introduction key bachelet call yourself an ambassador. i thought maybe you could share a littl
in the early can when i start work at gay-rights issues back in the early '90s, marriage wasn't really on the radar. it wasn't until the mid '90s with a lie into we started talking about it in a serious way, and my friend, you know him well, as in, was working on this. but when evan started working on in the '90s, marriage? that was in part because we were simply fighting to make it legal for us to have intimate relations in many states. i was an unhappy handed fella in a state of texas for for another years as i live there. and we can joke about that. and i think okay, -- howard going to catch me? but for friends of mine who were going into law enforcement or education or the military or things like that, the sodomy laws, that was huge. >> host: -- [talking over each other] >> guest: it takes i'm typing to make part of this culture. and not just in terms of the legal incidents. in terms of parents and grandparents saying things like when he going to get married? when he going to make it official? that takes time to build, and i think that something is worth building here for same-sex
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